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Agricultural Chemical Exposure Claims
Chemical injury is a major occupational hazard associated with people working in agriculture. Close proximity or direct exposure to any hazardous substances either through the skin or via inhalation can cause many workers to develop different types of physical and psychiatric conditions. Although the agricultural industry only represents around 1.8% of the workforce in Britain it has accounted for approximately 19% of the reported fatal injuries each year (gov.uk).
The most common types of accident on farms involve:
- Lifting and Handling.
- Falling from a height.
- Vehicles/ Machinery.
- Dangerous substances/ chemicals
If you believe you may have had an accident or an injury in the last three years which could have been caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, had chemical burns or have suffered a condition as a result of chemical exposure, you could receive compensation for your injuries. You can call us for free on 0800 0747 644 or fill out our online contact form to find out more.
Some of the agricultural substances that are hazardous to health include:
- Fermented and composted materials and biocides
- Medicines and feed additives
- Products used in silage production
- Fertilizers and soil improvers, including ammonium nitrate
- Paints, oils, lubricants, brake fluid, cleaning chemicals
- Toxic gases, i.e. slurry pit gases
- Exhaust fumes and other fumes
- Veterinary medicines
Working in agriculture can expose you to several chemicals on a regular basis, the careful management of these chemicals will protect employees. It is vital for employers to conform with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
Any employer has a lawful obligation to make sure an employee is protected from hazardous substances whilst in the working environment; if they fail in that obligation, you are entitled to financial compensation.
Chemical burns tend to occur when certain acids, alkaloids and other caustic chemicals come into contact with the skin, causing it to burn. Caustic chemicals are mainly used in industries such as agriculture and construction, If you have suffered a chemical burn at the workplace our personal farm injury specialists can help you determine your likelihood of receiving compensation for your injuries.
Chemical Injuries and their Causes
Chemical injuries can be severe, debilitating conditions can occur due to constant exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals over time.
The injuries can be anything from chemical burns to workers having multi-organ abnormalities including the nervous, immune, respiratory or reproductive system, and affect the liver if exposed to certain chemicals. Certain materials can be known to have mutagenic/ carcinogenic effects leading to a range of serious conditions such as cancer or infertility.
If you have been a victim of any form of chemical accident at work, you may be eligible for receiving compensation for your injuries with the assistance of our team of personal injury solicitors. The criterion for your injury claim should be that your accident has occurred in the last three years and was due to the negligence of another.
How Grieves Solicitors Can Help
The team at Grieves Solicitors specialise in helping the victims of workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses to claim financial compensation.
Whether you are ready to begin a chemical exposure claim, or you are still unsure and would like to ask a few more questions before making a final decision.
You can call us for free on 0800 0747 644. One of our experienced solicitors will be happy to discuss your potential case and provide constructive, no obligation advice. Alternatively, you can complete our online contact form and we will call you back as soon as possible.